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good morning. number three, a third woman comes forward alleging inappropriate sexual conduct by republican presidential front runner herman cain as he points a finger at rick perry's campaign and gets testy with the press. >> don't even bother asking me all of these other questions that you all are curious abou okay? don't even bother. >> shocking video. a daughter releases a disturbing tape of her father beating her with a belt seven years ago. the beating lasted for more than seven minutes. her father, a texas judge, says he did nothing wrong. this morning she speaks out in an exclusive interview. and kim on camera. >> it's hurtful and i certainly didn't want to disappoint anyone, but first and foremost i have to follow my heart. >> kim kardashian answers
questions about her divorce for the first time today, thursday, questions about her divorce for the first time today, thursday, november 3rd, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television welcome to "today" on this thursday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. the story involving herman cain has taken a dramatic new turn, another woman coming forward. >> a third woman now claims that cain made suggestive remarks and gestures back in the 1990s to her as the cain campaign blasts rick perry's camp saying his operatives set off the whole firestorm. will this intraparty fight hurt the party's chance of taking back the white house? we'll ask that question straight ahead. on a much different note she has been seen but rarely heard. now katherine the duchess of
cambridge is speaking to the press. coming up, in her own words. plus important advice for women on how to check out the guy you meet online before you go on a date. rocker ace freely dishes the dirt on his time in the rock super group kiss. the rock 'n' roll lifestyle and his feud with the kiss front man gene simmons. let us begin with the republican presidential front runner herman cain and yet another woman accusing him of bad behavior in the '90s. lisa meyers is nbc's senior investigative correspondent. good morning. >> reporter: this story has become a freeeding frenzy. a third woman has come forward describing aggressive and unwanted behavior by cain. another accuser who wanted to go public is having second thoughts. cain now charges the campaign of an opponent, texas governor rick perry, triggered the entire political firestorm. >> mr. cain would you like to comment on the allegations? >> nope. >> reporter: for herman cain this story is quickly going from
bad to worse. >> don't even bother asking me all of these other questions that you all are curious about. okay? don't even bother. >> reporter: but when reporters persist -- >> excuse me. excuse me. what part of no don't people understand? >> reporter: the third woman to come forward also is an employee of the national restaurant association when cain was ceo in the 1990s. she told the associated press she considered filing a complaint against cain for aggressive and unwanted behavior but did not. cain calls it a baseless allegation. >> mr. cain has never committed any harassment, period, end of story. >> reporter: but nbc news has confirmed a third woman did complain to others about cain's conduct. that's in addition to the two women who officially accused cain of improper sexual conduct and received financial settlements. what's more, a former consultant to the restaurant association,
chris wilson, now says he saw cain treat a female employee inappropriately at a crystal city, virginia restaurant. >> i was actually around a couple times where this happened. if she does go on the air and talk about it i think it'll be the end of his campaign. >> reporter: wilson is a supporter of governor rick perry. the cain camp now blames the entire political firestorm on perry's campaign claiming a perry adviser leaked the initial story, which triggered all this. >> the actions of the perry campaign are despicable. rick perry and his campaign owe herman cain and his family an apology. >> reporter: a perry spokesman called the charge both reckless and false. cain's campaign manager called on all cain's accusers to stop hiding behind anonymity. >> i would challenge anybody that has these statements to be made to come forward with the person making the statements. face mr. cain. >> but joel bennett the lawyer for a woman who said she wanted
to get her story out now says she has decided to let him do all the talking. she has a life to live and a career and she doesn't want to become another anita hill. bennett says he'll send a statement with his client's version of events to the national restaurant association today, hoping the group agrees it does not violate her nondisclosure agreement. it will not go into minute details of the incidents with cain, he says, because it's unpleasant and sensational and she does not want to do that. ann? >> all right. lisa meyers this morning. thank you for your reporting. we have the chairman of the republican committee. good morning. >> good morning. how are you? >> i'm okay. >> great. >> how is the party and how is herman cain's candidacy? let me ask you straight out. can herman cain's candidacy for president survive the claims of harassment from three women and now also this eyewitness? >> well, i mean, it depends on the versety veracity of the co.
primaries are tough and i happen to believe primaries are good for the party. i think when you have the horsepower on your side of the aisle like we have on the republican side they work. you know, i come from wisconsin and, you know, we have a new governor there that you know very well by the name of scott walker. he came through a very tough primary. they work and, by the way, you look at barack obama and hillary clinton, they fought it out all the way through the end of june before a national convention. guess what? it worked out pretty well. he took a super majority to congress, a 60-vote majority to the senate. >> let me interrupt you and ask you. what is happening here seems to be something else. there seems to be an intraparty conflict. a rivalry. kind of almost a serious feud. you've got -- which do you believe? do you believe cain is right in pointing the finger at the perry campaign or do you think the perry campaign is being honest in saying it had nothing to do with this leak? >> listen, i'm not going to get in the middle of it. it's not my job to be the
referee. >> you are the head of the rnc however. in some ways you are. >> well, yeah. of course i'm the head of the rnc but as part of the rnc we don't pick winners and losers in presidential elections. my job, ann, is to make sure we have a republican national committee that's ready to go and we have a nominee. my job is to make sure that we put a good nominee on the ballot and that we defeat barack obama and save this country from an economy that is just not ontrack. that's really what americans want. who that nominee is going to be is anybody's guess. >> does the scandal, interrupting you, i know it's bad behavior but let me get these questions in, do you think this scandal has affected your party's ability to unseat barack obama? >> absolutely not. i mean, if you look at the polling, and you look at where americans are at in this, in this country, they, number one, believe by 80% this country is on the wrong track. they believe that this president hasn't delivered on his promises, and guess what?
the president came to america. the president came to us as the great uniter. now he is out campaigning as the great divider, pitting everyone against everybody, republican versus democrats, rich versus poor. the economy couldn't be in any worse shape than it is right now. and, you know, i think americans are ready for a change. that, we know, is a constant. this issue and other issues are going to come and go but at the end of the day, americans are not going to believe that this president delivered on his promises or that the economy is in any better shape today than it was four years ago. it's worse. >> let's get back to the issue at hand. specifically now you know the perry campaign is also pointing the finger at the romney campaign. let me get your rules of the road here. >> i didn't even know that. so you're telling me information. there you go. >> a lot of this broke over the last 24 hours. let me get your rules of the road as an rnc chair. if a rival campaign did leak
this, does this cross the line in terms of the party and how things are done and not done? >> you know, i don't think so. i mean -- first of all, i don't know what's true and what's not. it's not our job to be the sherlock -- we're not the sherlock holmes of the presidential primary field. we've got 21 candidates that filed in new hampshire. what we are, are people who are trying to put the party together to rebuild our republican national committee, to get prepared for a president who is campaigning nonstop all the time, raising money every single night. we're going to be prepared with a nominee that's intelligent, articulate, and can earn the trust of the american people, to save this economy from a president who hasn't delivered and who just continues to give speeches but doesn't follow through. that's really where we're at in this country. >> republican national committee
chairman, i'm sorry we're out of time but we really appreciate you joining us this morning. >> you bet. thank you, ann. it is 7:09. here is matt. president obama arrived in france this morning for a world economic summit, a meeting dominated by talk of a potential economic catastrophe in greece. what happens there could affect your pocketbook in a very big way. cnbc's live in athens this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. there have been major developments here in greece in the last couple hours. the prime minister has lost his majority in parliament with three deputies defecting. also earlier on today his finance minister has publicly broken ranks with him. this is a major blow to the prime minister. all of this is a direct response to the prime minister's decision to call a referendum on greece's membership in the euro zone. this is important. the prime minister may fall by the end of the day, and if he
falls, the referendum he has called for is obviously at risk. if he keeps his job though, yes, the referendum can go through, but it could still have major consequences for the global economy. greece is the cradle of western civilization, the birthplace of democracy. but now its financial problems and a controversial national referendum threaten the global economy. for a year and a half greece has been on brink of defaulting on its $452 billion debt, a possibility some feel could set off a domino effect with other troubled countries and lead to the breakup of the european union, one of the major economic powers in the world and one on which the u.s. heavily depends. >> worst case scenario is greece defaults. a european bank collapses, goes bankrupt, and the whole system seizes up and people are nervous to lend to one another.
>> reporter: last week the leadership devised a plan to bail out the greek economy. the u.s. market responded to the deal with bullish confidence. >> the markets around the world are surging. >> reporter: but to meet the eu's plan greece has to take severe action raising taxes and drastically reducing government benefits, so-called austerity measures. they've met fierce resistance on greek streets. in a move to shore up political support for the harsh requirements, the greek prime minister surprised the european union by putting their bailout proposal to a national vote, prompting international fears. >> for americans, the stock market is the biggest worry, particularly if people own financial stocks. they sell off right away when there is fear like this. >> reporter: the eyes of the financial world will remain fixed on where democracy began.
how the greek people vote will have repercussions across the globe. and, look. there are just over 11 million people living here in greece and exactly those 11 million people may have a very powerful voice in determining the future not just for europe but for the entire world. that is if the prime minister is still in power by friday night. on that note, back over to you. >> all right. reporting from athens, greece, on a developing story, thank you very much. let's check the rest of the morning's top stories from natalie morales at the news desk. good morning, everyone. in clashes overnight, oakland, california came to a standstill as tensions flared up again between police and occupy wall street protesters. nbc's miguel almaguer is there. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. just a few short hours ago this demonstration took a dramatic turn. police in riot gear moved into downtown oakland and shot tear
gas at protesters after they took over an abandoned building and started a large bonfire in the downtown area. a number of arrests were made as police continued to have a very large presence in downtown. overnight thousands of occupy protesters shut down the port of oakland, entrances blocked, delivery trucks turned away, demonstrators successful in bringing the nation's fifth largest port to a standstill. >> enough people came out here and just stopped traffic that the port couldn't operate. >> reporter: oakland's day-long citywide strike wednesday may have been the largest demonstration here since the vietnam war. all day an estimated 7,000 poured through city streets. >> this is the beginnings of a revolution. >> reporter: the occupy movement a rally against what protesters call the unequal distribution of wealth and power. teachers marched with nurses. >> health care is a right, a human right. >> reporter: parents protested
with children. >> people need a lot more power in our society and the 99% aren't getting the power. the 1% are. >> reporter: but this morning downtown oakland certainly has a much different look. dozens of protesters remain in this area and they are matched by dozens of police officers still in their riot gear. natalie? >> all right. be watching what happens there today, miguel almaguer in oakland, california. thank you. some terrifying new video of the moment a tug boat slammed a barge into a packed tourist boat in philadelphia last year killing two hungarian students onboard. tug boat pilot matthew devlin was sentenced this week to one year in prison for the 2010 crash. he had pleaded guilty to being distracted by his cell phone while steering. good news to report about the conjoined twins separated earlier this week at stanford. the 2-year-old girls are recovering nicely after their risky, ten-hour surgery.
the lead surgeon gary hartman says they are expected to make a complete recovery. usually it's a good thing when something green comes out of an atm machine but not when it is this. take a look. the little snake there, a man in spain called the police when the snake slithered from the slot, lunging at his hand. but don't worry. both man and beast -- he does lunge -- are doing well. he managed to grab his cash and the snake was taken to a local animal shelter. matt, ann, al, something to make your skin crawl this morning. >> such a cute little snake. >> clenched on to your hand probably. >> draws blood. >> these overdraft fees are getting out of hand. that's just ridiculous. >> that's good. i like that. >> that was nice. >> how about a check of the weather? we'll show you what's happening. the storm the storm system that dumped ten inches of snow on denver is making its way to the east. but let's show you a beautiful
shot over washington, d.c. that is a postcard. fantastic. now we go to the maps. and you'll see here's that system making its way to the east. it's mostly going to make its way in to the mid-atlantic states. i was trying to say basically and mostly. so mostacally you'll see rain from indiana all the way to the carolinas. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. some of the rain will be passing here south of us tomorrow morning. but this morning off to a dry start. just a few high clouds drifting in. good morning. right now we're in the mid and upper 30s in the suburbs and rural areas. mid-40s right in washington and near the bay later today with the high clouds up in to the low and mid-60s, then cooler weather tomorrow, might have a morning shower to the south of washington. sun black with a blustery wind in the afternoon.
sunny and chilly weekend to that's your latest weather, ann. >> okay. thank you. it's back to jail next week for lindsay lohan, or is it? a zblunlg los angeles sentenced lohan to 30 days in jail for violating her parole but how much time if any will she actually have to serve? nbc's george lewis is at the jail in lynwood, california to explain why. george, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. it isn't part of her court-ordered community service, but lindsay lohan is actually providing a civics lesson here because california's prisons are badly overcrowded the system has been shipping serious felons back to county jails like this one. so to accommodate them, misdemeanor offenders like lohan, are quickly shuffled in and out of here. >> are you sober? >> reporter: conservatively atired in a polka dot dress, lohan waived her right to a court hearing on probation violations, accused of failing to show up for community service and court-ordered psychological counseling. >> do you admit that you violated probation by failing to
obey all orders of the court? >> yes, your honor. >> with respect to both things the city attorney represented? >> yes, your honor. >> reporter: with that, the judge pronounced sentence. >> you're to serve 30 days in the county jail now. you are to surrender within one week. >> reporter: but the sheriff's office tells nbc news that because of overcrowding, lohan will likely spend at most one night in jail. >> the judge is going to give you whatever the judge is going to give you and the sheriff is going to release you because they don't have room for misdemeanors. >> reporter: she still has to do community service at the county morgue closely monitored by the court each month until the end of march. the judge cautioned lohan, who has 2,615,000 twitter followers not to post items about the morgue. >> they seem to have an issue with your tweeting. i can't order you to stop tweeting but if it's one of their rules that you don't tweet about them, don't tweet about them. >> what is your comment, lindsay? talk to us please.
>> reporter: one thing lohan has been tweeting about is her dental makeover. she has had her teeth whitened. here is the before and after. it could be because she is doing a big photo shoot for "playboy" magazine. >> we can't under estimate how important the teeth whitening is. let's face it. the only thing she is going to wear in that picture are her smiles. >> reporter: now court observers said lohan appeared humble and contrite, perhaps heeding her lawyer's advice not to do anything to further offend the judge, who has indicated her patience with lohan has run out in spite of that brand new smile. >> george lewis, thank you so much. coming up, caught on tape, a father beating his daughter with a belt. the man who did it a texas judge. now the video has gone viral and we'll talk to the daughter who posted it online in an exclusive interview coming up. but first, this is "today" on interview coming up. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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7:30 now on a thursday morning. it's the 3rd of november, 2011. great day in our neck of the woods. a little chilly but it's going to warm up nicely in the new york area. inside studio 1-a i'm matt lauer alongside ann curry. coming up in just a moment a disturbing videotape showing a young woman being beaten by her father. she recently posted it online. although it was shot seven years ago, her father is a texas judge. we're going to talk to the daughter and her mom in just a little bit. as we've been reporting, matt, these allegations against gop front runner herman cain, serious allegations of behaving inappropriately with women who worked for him. it has a lot of people asking let's talk about what actually is harassment. we'll get to that and also help you understand if it's happening, if you've experienced it yourself. and also this morning, kim
kardashian has now started answering questions for the first time about the end of her marriage and whether or not it was a stunt for her tv show. >> all right. let us begin this half hour with that incredibly disturbing story out of texas, video of a father repeatedly hitting his father with a belt. he is a judge. and a warning. this is very difficult to watch. we'll talk to the judge's daughter exclusively in a moment but first we go live to rock port, texas with the story. janet, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. it bears repeating. this video is graphic, disturbing, difficult to watch, and has taken the internet by storm. more than 1.6 million views on youtube, most within the last 24 hours. a texas judge here in rockport, aransas county, repeatedly whipping his teenage daughter with a leather strap even as she was crying and pleading with him to stop. >> get over here. >> reporter: the man in this video is texas judge william
adams and the girl is his then 16-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy. >> bend over that bed. bend over the bed. >> well -- >> bend over the bed! >> stop. stop. >> reporter: the beating continues on the legs for most of the seven-minute video that has swept the internet and provoked an online outcry. again and again hillary adams cries out after being lashed by her father's belt on her legs, her arms, and her buttocks. once at the hands of her mother. >> you turn over, i'm going to spank on your butt. you turn over like a 16-year-old and take it. like a grown woman. turn over. >> reporter: the disturbing scene was captured seven years ago in her bedroom, hillary says. after her dad found out she has downloaded music from an illegal website. >> are you happy? huh? disobeying your parents? >> stop! >> reporter: after holding onto the video since 2004, hillary, now 23 and living on her own,
uploaded it to youtube after she says her father continued to harass her and she finally had enough. >> the disputes and the harassment were escalating, and finally it just was kind of the straw that broke the camel's back and i told him i had the video and he brushed it off. >> reporter: william adams isn't just hillary's father. he's a judge in south texas where he routinely rules on cases involving children. he also sits on a county board overseeing the juvenile system. he admits that's him in the video. >> no, in my mind i haven't done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing and i did lose my temper but i've since apologized. it looks worse than it is. there is a story. it'll come out in due time. okay? >> and it's because she downloaded a game onto your computer? >> no. she was stealing -- i don't want to get into it. okay? but there was a reason she was being disciplined. >> reporter: but as a family's private feud went public and viral, outrage has boiled over.
facebook pages have sprung up decrying judge adams. the texas commission on judicial conduct has been flooded with demands he be removed from the bench. in tiny rock port, police have been swamped by calls from all over the world. the chief has opened an investigation a at the district attorney's request to determine whether the beating was criminal. when does it cross the line? when does discipline within a family become assault? >> frequently that's a difficult thing to determine because by state law a person has a right to discipline their children to a point, but not to the point that you cause serious bodily injury to a child. >> reporter: hillary's mother has since divorced him and apologized for her role in the beating. for his part judge adams insists his daughter wasn't hurt. >> i lost my temper. i spanked her. her mother was there. she wasn't hurt. it was a long time ago. >> reporter: do you acknowledge the beating was excessive, the spanking? the discipline? >> no. i'm not going to get into any of that. okay? >> reporter: police say judge
adams has left rockport and a note outside the courthouse informs his hearings have been canceled. >> i ought to keep beating you and beating you. >> stop. stop. >> reporter: a daughter's disclosure as a family's private troubles go public. authorities tell nbc news that for a charge such as bodily injury to a child the statute of limitations is five years. this video is seven years old so it is likely no charges will be filed. as for judge adams' seat here on the bench county officials tell me when the judge does return for any cases involving children, a visiting judge is going to handle those at least for now. matt? >> thank you very much. hillary and haley adams are here for an exclusive interview. good morning to both of you. >> good morning, matt. >> we only showed a little portion of that tape. it goes on for seven very long minutes. we showed it in our newsroom yesterday to people who have seen an awful lot of tough things. they were universelyuniverselya
by this. as you watch it seven years later what goes through your mind? >> i've experienced everything from crying about it to almost just laughing. i've experienced so many emotions and sometimes it's like reliving it and sometimes it's like watching it from a completely third person point of view. it's just really impossible to put all of that into words. >> families in this country struggle with the dilemma of punishing and discipline all the time, to spank or not spank. i think the belt thing seems to cross a line. but was this something that happened regularly in your house? is that why you set that camera up in the room that night? >> it did happen regularly for a period of time, and i could tell because of the pattern that things were escalating again, so i set up my video camera on the dresser and covered the little red light with a scarf. about half an hour after i set the camera up this happened. and it was amazing that i was able to capture such a thing. >> why did you wait seven years? you've had this video.
you clearly are as upset about it today as you were back then. why did you wait seven years? why release it on the internet as opposed to going to authorities with it? >> well, i waited seven years because back then i was still a minor and living under his roof and releasing it then would have, i don't know what would have happened to me or my mother or my little sister so waiting until today seven years later has enabled me to pull away and be able to distance myself from the consequences. >> you released a note accompanying the video, quote, judge william adams is not fit to be anywhere near the law system if he can't even exercise fit judgment as a parent himself. do not allow this man to ever be re-elected again. he is not up for re-election right now. i don't think that comes for three years. again, the timing of this is in question. why? >> it just was like i said in that previous video. it was the straw that broke the camel's back. it wasn't any, you know, huge happening or anything. i just told him i had the video and he didn't seem to think anything of it. and basically dared me to post
it. >> do you want him to lose his job? >> i think wishing anybody to lose their job is not a really good thing to kao bdo but -- >> because of the public outcry there is a chance he may be forced to step down even if no criminal charges are filed against him. >> his being fit for the job is something i can't really say that he is. >> haley, let me turn to you because you're in this tape. >> yes. >> we heard nu there saying, turn over. take it like a 16-year-old girl. >> yes. >> i mean, how does a mother not only stand by and watch her husband do that to her daughter but take part in it? >> that's a good question and that's what i had to ask myself. i didn't know about the video until, well, this past april. and this past weekend was the first time i saw it. my answer to you and to the world is something that i've been hiding for a very long time is a family secret and that's addiction. >> addiction on your part? >> no, sir. >> on his part?
>> yes, sir. >> but, still, that doesn't tell me why you participated in and watched it. >> because i lived in an environment of dysfunction and it steadily got worse. i tried to -- i did leave him when she was 6 months old and he ashamed me into going back and i did my best to make -- >> were you afraid for your own safety if you had stood up to this man? >> i was completely brain washed and controlled. i did every single thing that he did. when i leave the room he is telling me what to say, what to do. >> are you ainge grate yongry a? >> no. we are very close now. when i showed her the video she started crying, hasn't stopped apologizing and i forgive her because she knows everything that happened. >> judge adams said on wednesday, quote, i haven't done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing. i did lose my temper but i've since apologized. it looks worse than it is. there is a story. it will come out in due time. what is the story that you think he is referring to? >> well, i think he feared and didn't understand the internet because the media that i wanted
to obtain was overseas and at that time i couldn't have purchased it if i wanted to. so i think there is some controversy there. >> but is there more that's going none this family that i don't know about? you're saying yes. what else there is? >> i think that the story that's going to come out in due time in his mind is that he has projected his problem on to me and for the entire four years since i left the marriage i've been abused and harassed through texts, e-mails. i've had to cut him off talking to him. and this past june i told him i wasn't texting him at all. i wasn't ever talking to him again and he has threatened me to file for modification to take my younger daughter away from me. >> what do you want to see here, hillary? do you want him to get help? >> yes. exactly. >> what is the outcome you're looking for? >> i think he's been punished enough just by seeing this go public like this and i think he really needs help and rehabilitation. we need to get him counseling or something. >> do you have any regrets
releasing this now, now that this has gone so public and so many people have watched it? any regrets? >> i regret some of my friends and some people close to me have kind of had trouble with this and, of course, i regret that it's my own father. i'm having very mixed feelings about that but at the same time so many people are telling me that i did the right thing so there are definitely different emotions. >> hillary and haley adams, thank you so much. we appreciate you both being here. we'll follow this story. >> thank you, matt. it is 7:41. let's check the weather from al weather from al. >> as we look at the temperatures around the country, we have cooler weather making its way through the central part of the u.s. 40s and 50s from the upper mississippi river valley and into the mid ohio river valley, and more wet weather as another storm system moves into the pacific northwest with windy conditions in central california and we expect plenty of sunshine
along the coast. that's what's going on around the country, and here's what's going on in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. sun rise now in a partly cloudy sky. we have a chill in the air this morning, not quite as cold as the last few mornings, and by the way, mid-40s. and we'll cloud up tonight. maybe a morning sprinkle tonight, and then sunny and chilly for the weekend. that is your latest weather. matt? >> thanks very much. still ahead she says she had to follow her heart. kim kardashian explains on television why she quit her marriage after just 72 days. up next, in the wake of the herman cain scandal, what is harassment? would you know it if you saw it? that's right after this.
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a media analyst and author of "you are the brand." good morning to both of you. sorry, steve. sometimes i speak so fast i trip over myself. >> that's all right. >> legally let's talk about what this is. obviously over the course of years we've been hearing about what harassment is. but it's very difficult to get your hands on. >> think about it this way. visual, verbal, or physical, unwelcome sexual contact that is pervasive or severe, that makes for an uncomfortable work environment or prevents you from doing your job. in layman's term, you said or showed me something or did something of a sexual nature and now i can't do my job. that's really what it is. >> really what you're saying is that it's about how the woman responds to the behavior not a list of behaviors are unacceptable. >> right. there are some very obvious things. if someone taps someone on the butt or touches a woman's breast or someone shows them pornographic material those are very easy things to determine.
but if you're sitting around and telling sexual jokes in a group setting or if there's alcohol involved and somebody is dancing and doing the little dirty dancing, those kinds of things start to make us move the line. >> especially in a work place which is the issue. >> exactly. >> i'll move on to one more question before i get to you, steve. herman cain specifically in this particular case when people hear about this $35,000 settlement, they think, okay. that must be a smoking gun. what does it mean to you? >> in reality it does not mean as much. steve and i were chatting about this. from a corporate environment setting, under $50,000, which is a low level, five-figure settlement, is often considered a nuisance. get rid of it. because my lawyers are going to cost me more. >> not in a presidential campaign. this is the part for me. i defer to star on the legal issues, but herman cain's brand, his only brand, because he is an unknown is i'm an outsider, nonpolitician. as soon as he gets confronted, i know nothing about this. then he says oh, you meant settlement?
i was talking about agreement. well why don't you allow us to see the information, mr. cain? all of a sudden he says, well, there are legal issues. here is the problem with herman cain from a communication, pr, branding point of view. he can't be the candidate he is today, and to his credit he has risen to the top of this field as an unknown and all of a sudden decided he is going to be clintonesque in parcing words. he deceived. he lied, in my opinion, and i'm not saying it's not a big -- you say it's not a big deal. in the corporate world i agree. you run for president as an unknown you are done if you don't handle this well. >> the key really it seems to me is about women voters. >> oh, yes. >> more than that. >> but women's -- women voters are really key here because i don't really frankly know a woman in the work place who has not at one point in her career felt uncomfortable, felt a hostile environment, has not felt sasexually harassed so doe herman cain's wife have to get out in front? >> but we've seen so many things like this happen. i'd just like to take us back to
arnold schwarzenegger. maria was put in a situation where she was out defending her husband and things came out later in life that made it look like oh, gosh. the last thing i should have done is been out there putting myself out i hate to put it this way but man up. here's what i mean by that. and man or woman can do it in a campaign. man up and say, i screwed up. it doesn't mean you get into the legal issues. >> no one is going to do it. >> he has to say, i was responsible for my behavior. i don't know what happened and neither do you. >> he had to say that before we got to this point. now it's the coverup. >> coverup is always worse than the crime. nixon taught us that. here's what you can do. i screwed up in the beginning. i wasn't as honest as i should have been. now i'll try to undo the damage. that is the only chance he has. if not, this campaign is going to be over in a couple weeks. >> i'll have to stop you and let you continue this in the green room. star jones? >> that's where it started. >> thank you so much this morning. still ahead kim kardashian answering questions for the first time about her divorce and
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8:00 now on this thursday morning, the 7th day of november, 2011, and believe it or not, that means thanksgiving is just three weeks from today! nice to look forward to that and also to say hi to all these good people on our plaza waving to their families back home. i'm ann curry with matt lauer and al roker. coming up we're talking about kim kardashian now speaking out for the first time about her divorce. we'll get details for you about that. we'll also talk about online dating. say you go online and meet someone who is rich and single. is he lying? we'll meet a woman who started
classes for women so they can go snooping online to try and find out what is real and not real when it comes to their online dating. by the way, we should mention this happens both ways. >> right. >> there are women i don't lie online as well. >> yes. this is not the dating world the three of us knew. >> no, no. we have one of our all-time favorites here today. we are so thrilled. julie andrews, of course. ann and meredith last year when we had a "sound of music" reunion right here on today. well, she is back with her real-life daughter to talk about what she has been up to since then. >> all right. it's almost time to say good-bye, [ speaking in other languages ] to take off on our tenth anniversary edition of "where in the world" five great destinations all secret in five great days. probably a few bottles of wine along the way. it all starts on monday here on "today." you get your first clue tomorrow morning. >> all right. >> you're not going to start with a little something today?
>> today? no, no. we don't give you that much time tongue about it. tomorrow you get your first clue. >> all right. we'll wait for that. we're looking forward to it. >> all right. let's head inside. natalie is standing by with the headlines. good morning. a third woman has accused republican presidential candidate herman cain of improper conduct when he was head of the national restaurant association. the woman reportedly considered filing a complaint against cain over sexually suggestive remarks and gestures but she never did. during appearances on capitol hill wednesday, cain refused to answer reporters' questions about the women. two of them received financial settlements after filing complaints. president obama arrived in france this morning for a crucial meeting of the world's economic powers. he said the summit must find a solution to the greek debt crisis, which threatens to engulf europe and the world even as the greek government teetered on the brink of collapse over austerity measures. some dramatic scenes unfolded overnight in oakland again where
police and occupy wall street protesters clashed in the streets. officials say police fired tear gas and used stun grenades after protesters started a large bonfire. the confrontation followed a day of peaceful demonstrations. a new report says military suicides have risen sharply since the wars in afghanistan and iraq began with a veteran committing suicide every 80 minutes. the center for new american security says post traumatic stress, chronic pain, unemployment, and frequent transfers contribute to the trend. military officials say they have made great strides in mental health screening and prevention programs. hazmat crews were on the scene of a freight train derailment and fire this morning in elgin, illinois northwest of chicago. now for a look at what is trending today our quick roundup of what has you talking online. the web is buzzing about a real-life version of the film "slum dog millionaire." a world government clerk who earns just $30 a week has become the first person to win a
million dollars on an indian game show. he is now a national hero. he'll use the windfall to go back to school and maybe buy his first tv set. incredible. this adrenalin pumping video of an unusual police chase is going viral on youtube. as you see it shows the brazilian police pursuing a small plane full of suspected drug runners on a remote air strip. they kept the plane from taking off by bumping it and knocking off a wing. five people were arrested. and the occupy wall street movement has gained traction online since it started and now even has its own rap parody song. take a look. ♪ all you hipies down on wall street banging drums for some media exposure get a job buy a house but don't ever miss a payment because the banks can't wait to foreclose ya ♪ >> seriously talented. i see them on snl soon. the group is called cult comedy picture show. they taped the parody in new york city's zucotti park the
unofficial headquarters of the occupy wall street movement. it is 8:04. let's go back outside to matt and ann. sort of like an snl parody, adam sandler. >> thank you so much. now mr. roker right over here. >> i have a young lady. what's your name? >> georgina. >> i'm number six on your bucket list. >> yes. >> who is number one? >> oprah. >> i can't argue with that. >> then rosie. then martha stewart. then dancing with john travolta. i forget -- >> okay. i think we're done. here we go. a long list. good luck with that. let's check your weather. we'll see what's happening, wha. boise, idaho. news channel 7, cloudy and cool and 52 degrees. we have the pesky storm system in the midsection of the country. that dumped about ten inches in denver and got me. we are looking at rain making it's way into the pacific
northwest. and up and down the eastern seaboard, we have showers, and northern new england windy conditions, and santa ana winds hanging on a bit through southern california, and mountain snows in the pacific northwest. that's what's going on around the country, and here's what's going on in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. here we have the autumn foliage and we are celebrating a terrific autumn day under way here. we have the sunshine up with a partly cloudy sky, and it's chilly. on this thursday morning, we're down into the mid-and upper 30s in the region. later today, though, climbing into the low and mid-60s, and then overnight tonight, clouding up, and might have a sprinkle tomorrow morning during the afternoon sun returns on friday with a gusty wind. a chilly here is dr. tickle and his family. very nice. oddly enough we call our director dr. tickle but for a whole nother reason. matt? >> thank you very much.
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repeatedly reminded viewers about their line of handbags. >> that's why we're here is for the launch of our handbags line. >> they were repeatedly asked about kim's romantic baggage. >> how hard did you work at keeping it together? >> reporter: forcing her to defend herself against accusations that her short-lived marriage was a made for tv show-mance. >> you have to listen to your intuition and follow your heart. there is no right or wrong thing to do. >> reporter: monday in l.a. she filed for divorce from her husband of just 72 days citing irreconcilable differences. it followed a very public romance, much of it taped for her reality show on our sister network e! >> people have had a negative reaction because they feel they've been duped. >> translator: is said they pocketed $18 million for the wedding prompting many to wond fer the quickie marriage was a money making sham, something kim was quick to refute. >> there has been from the start
so many rumors of money and dollar signs of all these things thrown up in the air, so much of it not being true. >> reporter: speaking on the "today" show wednesday kardashian's mother chris jenner also denied a wedding for profit. >> they made some money for the pictures that were sold and things like that, but at the end of the day that money went toward the wedding. >> how much money did she make for the photographs? >> i don't know what the end result was but it was less than a million dollars. >> okay. >> probably more than a half a million dollars. >> reporter: still, some just aren't buying it. >> does anybody in here believe that kim kardashian did not profit off the wedding? >> to sit there and say they're not profiting is insulting to everybody watching. >> step back please. >> reporter: now from kardashian a rare plea for privacy. >> you want to kind of like have some time for yourself and have some private time, it's like you're not really allowed to.
>> reporter: in a post on her blog kardashian said she will be donating the money from her wedding gifts to the dream foundation. the dream foundation confirmed they received a substantial contribution they said will help hundreds of families. >> all right. mara schiavocampo this morning, thank you so much. meantime, she has dazzled the world with her smile but katherine the duchess of cambridge rarely speaks in public. that changed on wednesday when katherine and prince william teamed up with another group of european royals for a good cause. nbc's michelle koesinski is at buckingham palace with this story. >> reporter: william and katherine flew to denmark to team up with the crowned prince and princess there. this was hardly a glitzy charity event but a visit to an emergency supply event for africa. they realize when they pay attention to something everyone does and for the first time in a long time we heard kate's voice. they arrived, princes in one car, princesses in another, on a
cold copenhagen day. katherine glowing in a ruby coat with a big belt and suede stilettos but the focus was this gigantic unicef emergency supply center. that is the scale of need in east africa during the worst drought in 50 years. they were briefed with danish crown prince frederick and wife mary, kind of the william and kate of scandinavia. she is an australian commoner who met her prince in a bar during the sydney olympics. they got a look at the nutritious paste given to starving children which william couldn't wait to try. they all did, except kate. william now conquers these events diving in with constant humor. you can almost see katherine growing in confidence, here chatting with an aid worker, eagerly packing boxes and she had to be stopped for a second. easy, princess. >> we appreciate so much they had time to come here and refocus again the awareness of
the problem in east africa. >> reporter: experts here say east africa used to see drought about every ten years but lately it's been every two. princess mary, mother of four including 9-month-old twins, traveled to kenya in august. though her husband cut her off mid sentence -- >> yes, absolutely. we've both -- >> everybody high and low to raise awareness. >> reporter: every royal got a turn. >> what's going on in east africa really puts things into perspective of how terrible a crisis can actually get. >> reporter: then in a very soft voice, a slow start. >> katherine, you're hoping people will dig deep? >> really hope so. definitely. i'm shocked by some of the statistics and i think other people will be if they've lost track of this story. it's really just how shocking the situation still is. it's been going for a hundred days or so and it's really still ongoing. >> reporter: the royal hard hat squad, great box packers all, say they're ready to make a
difference. the situation in east africa is getting worse, not better. one of the unicef workers said kate told him she'd like to pay a visit there sometime soon. ann? >> good for them for bringing attention to a forgotten story. michelle kosinski, thank you. coming up next, how to get the truth about the date you met online, right after this. [ man ] i got this citi thank you card and started earning loads of points. you got a weather balloon with points? yes, i did. [ man ] points i could use for just about anything. ♪ keep on going in this direction. take this bridge over here. there it is. [ man ] so i used mine to get a whole new perspective. ♪ [ male announcer ] write your story with the citi thankyou premier card, with no point caps, and points that don't expire. get started at thankyoucard.citi.com.
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name. >> reporter: her research goes beyond google. abigail is searching a criminal data base. >> so it looks like none of the dates of birth are his which is really good. you really never know in this city who you are meeting and frankly it does make my mom a little happier when i talk to her about my dates that she knows i am equipped to handle them. >> reporter: it wasn't her mother that prompted abigail to investigate her date. >> if you're uncomfortable, get up and get out. >> reporter: it was this woman. >> people who have nothing to hide, hide nothing. >> reporter: 35-year-old maria founded investidate. she moon lights as an investigative guru for single women anxious to avoid potential hazards of online data. not only has maria seen it all -- swindlers, men who lead double lives, she also has experienced that pain first hand. >> he was cheating on me using facebook to solicit women, posted three dozen a month, and when i found out i was crushed. i have been through the trenches. i am in the trenches.
i have lived through various situations and met several people that will stay with me forever in the lessons that i've learned. >> reporter: she is a real life kerry bradshaw but instead of a column maria turns her stories of heart break into classes. >> i broke up with him on our third date when i found out he was married. >> reporter: for $20 a pop she teaches women from everything to how to decipher a dated photo to tracking down restraining orders. this is abigail's second class. >> i dated someone for a long period of time who turned out to be a pathological liar and that was very difficult. i think she has inspired me that i have the confidence and the tools to move forward and really start dating again. >> with investidate i am trying to protect women against physical danger, financial danger, and emotional harm. >> reporter: though the methods maria teaches are legal, experts say digging too deep can have its own pitfalls. >> if someone is taking a class learning how to catch a liar in the dating process it's feeding into a paranoia that doesn't lead to healthy dating. >> reporter: maria says investidate is all about taking
the fear out of dating. >> i really want to empower people to be out there and dating safely, and if that means it's a little harder for me to get a date that's fine. i know when i do, i'll get someone who is well aware of what i do and knows he needs to be on his best behavior. >> maria is the founder of investidate and robbie ludwig is a psycho therapist. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> i was thinking back in the day you met someone in your neighborhood, you want to have dinner with that person. probably ten people in your neighborhood could give you references. but the internet is like one vast neighborhood. we can't do that these days can we? >> no. you can be anybody online. >> how far do you want people to go with this? i mean, you know, name, date, serial number, no criminal record. how much more? >> you know, i just want people to feel comfortable with their decision of who they're going out with so i want them to look at the different things available and if they feel they need to dig deeper they've got those tools so they are empowered to do so. >> reporter: do you encourage women to be honest with the
person -- we make a date. right? we'll have dinner. do you call that person and say by the way, before we meet for dinner i am going to run a complete background search on you just to make everything -- make sure everything is okay? >> it's about what is right for you. if you feel more comfortable letting that person know you've researched them that is fine. if you don't want to you don't have to. you are just making sure you're prepared. >> robbie better safe than sorry pops into my mind. >> sure. >> what else pops into my mind is this idea when you meet someone one of the nice things about developing a relationship is slowly learning about that person. >> right. you don't want to show up at a date like you're arresting somebody with some handcuffs. yes, you want to make yourself comfortable, but in some cases what you're researching you'll never find, whether a person can be the right mate for you, whether they're capable of intimacy. and then what do you do once you find out information that you really may not know how to make sense out of? what if you fine something online that was true five years ago? we don't know who the person is
sitting in front of us. so, yes. you don't have the advantage of being within a community like the old days where you can ask your best friend what this guy is like. >> right. >> so do your due diligence but he can't tell you everything. >> maria do you think people will be surprised at how much information they can find about average people? i think you can go on and find about celebrities but about average people? >> there's tons of information online about you, about me, about everybody. it's from your address to your phone number to, there is this website spy dialer that you actually type in somebody's cell phone number and you can dial in right to their voice mail. you can hear their voice, their message. >> now you're starting to creep me out a little bit. what does it tell us not about the person you're searching about but the person doing the searching? do they lack trust? >> well, they may lack trust. they might be a little paranoid. they may not believe there are good men or women out there who want a relationship. the fact is there are good people who want true intimacy.
8:26 is your time now on this thursday, november 3rd, 2011. let's check in with tom kierein for a look at the forecast. >> a beautiful morning under way. we have high clouds drifting over the autumn foliage. live picture from the sky watcher camera looking towards the west, and temperatures are still chilly. it's 45 at reagan national, and it's cooler by the bay. today up into the low to mid-60s, and clouds thickening up. tomorrow a light shower maybe, and then a
8:30 now on a thursday morning, the 3rd day of november, 2011. marathon weekend coming up here in new york city. probably some runners in the crowd this morning. we wish them all well. and coming up in this half hour, a guy who made a fortune by wearing makeup. no, not mr. roker. we're talking about ace frehley, the guitarist for the rock group, kiss. he has a new book out. he talks about some of the stories during his years with that group, some up, some down, some of the stories fascinating
and he is a colorful character. we'll talk to ace in just a little while. >> that's richght. somebody is going to make you happy just to look at her. julie andrews is in our studio. just say her name and everyone starts cheering. of course she is the singer, actress, and has written a series of children's books with her daughter. they'll talk about their latest book in a few moments. we'll head into the kitchen with one of our favorite top chef judges. >> hi, guys. >> and she's got a nice, healthy twist to sloppy joes that'll have your kids happy. >> that is a comfort food. >> we love sloppy joes. what you need to know about before you get a new credit or debit card. >> good. a programming note. we've already told you we have a live justin bieber concert coming up on the day before thanksgiving, november 23rd. but you should know that tomorrow justin bieber is going to stop by here to do a little
talking with us about some things going on in his life, his new album, and whatever else is making headlines. so that's tomorrow morning right here on "today." >> that's exciting. >> first can we do something? can we bring in mark harmon? our favorite guy around here who happens to be starting a new -- mark, good morning. >> great to see you. >> good to have you here. one of the cutest men on tv. i'm telling you. >> wow. >> we'll talk about this movie but i want to talk about the fact that i have known you for 25 years. you have never aged. not one bit. what is the deal with that? >> makeup. >> no it's not. unbelievable. >> what are you drinking? we want to know. >> come on. spill your secrets. >> lucky. i don't know. >> good genes apparently. >> don't know how to answer that. >> tell me about the movie. >> it's called "certain prey" john sanford, best selling author. i'm excited to be in business with usa. it is a very different role for me and one that i've kind of helped bring a different role
me. >> very different than what i am doing on the show "ncis," and if it does well, he has wrilten 22 of the navls, so it is the first for me. >> the hope is there will be a book every -- >> you will have to watch it. >> you bring so much credibility to your roles, and i think that's one reason why we watch you, and i think a lot of people are thinking of the woman you married. >> she was fine when i left yesterday. >> yesterday? wait a minute. she is so great. >> we should mention, "ncis" has its 200th episode -- >> sounds like a party is in order. >> it's still doing very well.
it's a number one show and a great cast and crew and one to appreciate certainly. >> congratulations. >> always nice to have you here, mark. "certain prey" premieres on sunday, 8:00 central on usa. that's what's going on around the country, and here's what's going on in your neck of the woods.. >> a chilly morning. high clouds drifting over and sunshine. temperatures in the 30s to low 40s. 35 at reagan national and later today climbing into the low and mid-60s. and clouds tomorrow morning might give us a passing shower and then sun back in the afternoon tomorrow, and a gusty wind bringing in colder weather for saturday and sunday, but sunny both days on the weekend. and then a don't forget you can get your weather any time of the day or night. go to the weather channel on cable or satellite or weather.com. when we come back julie
♪ you meet your prince, a charming prince ♪ >> julie andrews is one of the most beloved actresses of our time and also humanitarian as well. and earlier this week she was honored by the princess grace foundation for her dedication to the performing arts. julie and her daughter emma walton hamilton are the authors as well of a series of popular children's books called "the very fairy princess." julie and emma, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> first of all, congratulations on this big honor. prince albert said about you, every aspect of her tremendous career is testament to demanding the best of one's self while giving back with equal passion. what has inspired, julie, this passion for all these years in you? >> i just think when one is as blessed as i think i have been, i think it's just absolutely
right to give back all the time because it's somehow, i think it's expected and should be part of what one does if one is lucky enough to do something one loves. give it back. help guide or teach or set an example. i don't know, ann. i do feel very fortunate. >> that sense of gratitude is i think inspiring for all of us. i think that's something all of us might be able to benefit from. >> well thank you. >> and there is a character in this book who actually kind of knows about that lesson it seems to me and fittingly she is a royal. >> she thinks she is. >> a want to be. >> she believes she is. >> and you've collaborated with how many of these books so far? >> over 20 now. i think we just finished our 22nd. >> and in this particular book, geraldine encounters a very difficult disappointment doesn't she, emma? >> she does. >> she does in virtually every book. >> in almost every book. yes. she does think that she is a fairy princess. she believes herself to be a
fairy princess, and she therefore imagines that she will be cast as a fairy princess in her ballet company's performance of "the crystal princess" and is dismayed to find out she has been cast as the sequestjester . with a red and yellow costume that makes her look like a boy. >> but in true princess fashion she rises above it. >> yes. >> speaking of rising above it. >> yes? >> you were a great princess, too the other day. >> oh, no. you mentioned that. well, you know, leave it to the makeup team because i tell you i was terrified to play the role of a woman half my age. anyway. moving on. it was sensational. >> let's talk about -- you have a daughter named hope and you are the grandmother of hope and so how much has hope inspired you in this? >> i'll let emma take that one. >> because you really write this character geraldine and in reading this i was just delighted by the fact that i hear a child's voice as she goes
through this journey of disappointment and wonder. >> thank you. that is the nicest thing you could say to a pair of writers. >> we're learning about her too. >> she is very much inspired by my daughter hope and hope is every bit a princess in training. >> and a little bit of a diva sometimes. but a delicious one. >> a wonderful girl. >> there she is. >> and she is in a little ballet company called hampton ballet theater company. and this story was loosely modeled after that. >> don't tell me she sings as well. >> she does, ann. lovely. we want some of that. >> and she plays piano. >> she has a lovely voice. it's true and on pitch and she sings all day long which we've incorporated into the book. >> a lot of what you incorporate into the book is this idea of finding your inner sparkle. right? >> yes. >> i think this is interesting not just for children but for all of us. how -- what is your sense about how we can all find our inner sparkle? how do we encourage it in our children? >> i think it's just by listening and watching them very carefully and picking up
exactly, hopefully at the right moment, on something that they say they love or want to do and giving them the kind of dignity of being an equal. i don't think i ever talked down to the kids very much. >> no, never. >> she didn't talk down to you ever? >> maybe once in a while. >> really. >> and we try very hard not to talk down to kids in the books that we write, too. it's terribly important to respect them and to give them the dignity to stretch up. >> actually the first and second book of being repurposed with new covers for this christmas. they'll be coming out this christmas. there is a third in the series coming out in april which, in fact, is going to coincide with something we've been working on for a long time, which is national princess week. very fairy princess week. >> the tenth anniversary of "the princess diaries." >> exactly right. everything quite happily has come together. the corporation has expressed a wonderful interest in joining us
on the project. disney, also. and other major companies are going to come aboard and april 22nd is going to be our national princess week. >> it will coincide with the release of the next book in the series, which is "a very fairy princess, here comes the flower girl." >> a very busy life. and to see that you enjoy this together is lovely. >> we hope to just in that week bring out the kind of unique quality of every little girl and find their inner sparkle. >> well, your inner sparkle makes us all feel, julie, whenever you walk into the studio, that the queen has arrived. >> she is a fine one to talk. >> julie andrews and emma walters hamilton, thank you so much. the series is called "the very fairy princess." coming up next, former kiss guitarist ace frehley on a life filled with sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll. but first, this is "today" on nbc. ♪
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♪ i want to rock 'n roll all night ♪ legendary band kiss has had fans rocking and rolling for nearly 40 years but former guitarist ace frehley says when the makeup came off sometimes the back stage drama would begin. he writes about that, the band's rise to worldwide fame, his own struggles with drugs and alcohol, and his eventual departure from kiss in his new book called "no regrets, a rock 'n roll memoir." good to have you here. >> great to be here. >> i think anybody who watched kiss over the years, probably the thought crossed their mind that you guys dabbled in drugs a little bit when they got to see you. >> a little bit. >> just a bit. how big a part of the band's existence was it? >> it wasn't so much paul or gene. mostly me and peter were the bad guys when it came to that. but, you know, over the years it escalated and, luckily, i caught
it in time and, you know, today i'm five years sober. you know, every day above ground is a good day. >> is a good day. you dabbled with drugs as a kid. when you got to a rock band -- >> not so much as a kid. it was more alcohol when i was a kid. >> did you feel when you got to a rock band it was in some ways expected of you, it was just part of the scene? >> well, it was a big part of the scene. i mean, you got to realize, you know, studio 54 and the whole scene of manhattan in the '70s a lot of people were doing cocaine. you know? most people were doing it openly. >> and i don't want to make light of the addiction because it took a toll and is a very serious subject but you do write something that caught my attention in this. you guys actually developed a code name for cocaine. do you want to share it with our viewers? >> we called it betty white. you know? >> why would you pick on poor betty white? >> if i was going to a partied' call my buddy and say is betty going to be there and if he said
she said yes then we know what would be there. >> she is the personification of good. >> it is the perfect name. she is such a great lady. and i just love her to death. >> you write a lot in the book about your relationship with gene simmons. obviously your band mate. it was an up-and-down relationship. what was the source of the tension when the tension existed? >> i made those guys very nervous. there were times they thought i'd never make it on stage to finish the show or even begin a show but somehow some way i always ended up, you know, coming through. a lot of people think there was a love/hate relationship going on with me and gene. it appears that way more to the people outside looking in but, you know, me and gene actually have a good relationship. i had lunch with him at the beverly hills hotel about five weeks ago. >> but you do write, you call him a loner. you question whether he had a sex addiction. >> true. >> you say he tried to rewrite kiss's history by downplaying your contributions to the band? >> absolutely. >> have you talked to him about that? >> no. >> why not?
you had lunch with him a month ago. >> but i wanted to keep it light. i haven't seen him since we received the vh 1 rock honors award. i just wanted to re-establish communication because it had been five years and just let him know that i'm clean and sober and i just kind of want to wipe the slate clean and, you know, look toward the future. >> i also got the sense that you felt gene simmons was more about commercializing the band. >> very business like. >> and you seem to want to be more in the rock 'n roll art for art's sake. >> one of the reasons i left the band was i got into rock 'n roll because here i am. you get paid for something you love to do. it wasn't fun anymore, it was time to go. toward the end it wasn't fun anymore. >> gene simmons gave us a statement when we reached out to him. he said we love ace and wish him the best. sobriety isn't easy and he needs to surround himself with people who care enough about him to be tough on him. ace will win. i know it. >> hell of a guy.
>> you're talking in the book about how some of your shows after a while became less about being free wheeling, spontaneous rock concert and became more like broadway shows. you even talk about how choreographed they became and they were dangerous after a while thenchts had while. >> they had to be choreographed because we had smoke bombs and flash pots and all sorts of stuff so if you're at the wrong place at the wrong time you get blown up literally. >> you get your head blown off. you were supposed to be there. that's why you got a flash pot in the head. >> gene's hair went on fire a couple times. >> you hated playing the song "i was made for loving you." why? >> my wrist used to cramp up. i played that chug-a chug-a and my wrist is ready to fall off. plus it had a disco feel to it. i was never a big disco guy. >> when you look back, every kid or a lot of kids dream of being rock stars. you've lived it. now extricated yourself from it. was it everything you expected
it would be? >> everything and more. but, you know, there was also a dark side to it and a lot of that had to do with my addictions. but luckily, you know, i was able to conquer my demons. i'm excited about being an author. >> are you kidding? after all these years. >> from guitar guy to author. >> ace frehley, great to see you. >> thank you so much. >> good to have you here. you'll be back with hoda and kathie lee in the fourth hour. the book is called "no regrets, a rock 'n roll memoir." up next, our top chef whips up some sloppy joes. we'll head upstairs for that. first, this is "today" on nbc. state farm. this is jessica.
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this morning in "today's kitchen" a lighter, healthier version of an old classic, sloppy joes, easy as 1, 2, 3. the recipe is easy on your waist line and your budget we're told. we have the host of bravo's hit show "top chef" which is hitting the road and heading to texas for its ninth season. good morning. >> good morning. >> you still having fun on "top chef?" >> i am. this time the season is much bigger, there are more chefs. we have two extra episodes and we move every week and then that i think put an extra level of tension and anticipation into the competition for the contestants. it's a great season. we're in texas and we go to dallas and austin and san
antonio. >> okay. that sounds like a busy schedule. >> it was. >> this morning you're saving us some money with this lovely comfort food. >> yes. >> you make it in a lighter way. let me ask if your daughter likes this lighter version. >> actually i make a version that is vegetarian for her because she doesn't eat turkey or meat yet. >> but she does like sloppy joes? >> she loves sloppy joes. she gets sloppy no matter what she eats. >> how old is she now? >> she is 20 months. >> a baby. >> that is the good thing about this recipe is we're going to make it today with turkey and basically i've just sauteed some onions, garlic, and bell pepper. once that kind of browns slightly i'm adding turkey meat. now, this is a pound of meat. instead of making it with beef or pork i'm adding 12 ounces of turkey meat and four ounces of beef. here's why. it's healthier but it's also, with the four ounces of beef, you still get a little bit of the luxuriousness and richness
of red meat. what i would suggest is i've slowly -- you start cutting back on that beef. go to three ounces and two ounces. cheaper cuts of meat like chuck are very flavorful and chuck is about $4 a pound. and so for $1 you can just add four ounces and you'll get, you know, you can ask your butcher to grind it up. it gives you a little bit of that richness of beef. but it also, you know, is much more healthy. you can add cauliflower, beans, lentils. the sloppy joe is a perfect place to add all kinds of vegetables and sneak them in for your family. you can keep stirring that up. >> this is what you've got here. >> this is bround. >> you used some herbs in here. >> i did. this is oregeno, red chile and -- >> just dump it all in.
you want this a little spicy because it goes between two pieces of bread. >> just stir that up. i'm adding plum tomatoes and then i've dissolved a little six-ounce portion of tomato paste in two cups of hot water. you know how when you add tomato paste to something it is always hard to mix up because it's so thick? the way i get rid of that problem is just dissolve it in some water which you'll need for this anyway. and then basically all you do is let this cook down, add some pepper and some salt. and stir. again, to this you can add kale. >> kale? >> wow. >> yeah. here we have a carrot and coriander salad which is really easy and an alternative to the rich cole slaws laden with mayonnaise. i'm adding sesame seed. zatchaw powder, a middle eastern seasoning that has oregeno and thyme and sumac which grows in
this country. they use it for colds. and sesame seed. it is beautiful. they use it in mediterranean cooking and also in syria and turkey and middle eastern dishes and it makes a great dip and also a great sprinkling spice for salads. there you have it. >> nice. >> you always make food look so good. >> thank you. >> it smells so good. we have much more coming up right after this. 8:56 is your time now on this thursday, november 3rd, 2011. good morning. i am eun yang. >> a crisp and chilly autumn morning. a live picture from the sky watcher camera, and the temperatures are beginning to warm up into the low 40s throughout much of the region, and we will have it continue to climb into the low to mid-60s.
good morning. taking the beltway in virginia, no problems at van dorn street, however if you are taking the inner loop of the beltway once you pass the i-95 and 395 enter loop, it's slow. the travel time is 23 miles per hour and it will take you 32 minutes to make that commute. and here is the view from father hurley. slow to the spur.
back with more of today on a thursday morning the 3rd day of november, 2011. beautiful day here in the northeast. that makes news people very happy and a little rambunctious actually. that's all right. we're happy to have them here. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry, al roker, and tamron hall. savannah is off on assignment. coming up, lindsay lohan going back to jail maybe is that the way we're looking at it? >> the judge gave her a week to report to jail or she'll be arrested. the judge sentenced lindsay lohan wednesday to 30 days for violating her probation. she'll probably have to soifb just a few days, maybe even a day behind bars. we'll have the latest on lindsay's drama. also in today's money, credit or debit cards.
it's interesting. a lot of the credit card companies are offering rewards, programs, incentives for people to transition from the debit card. we'll tell you the pros and cons for both and the fees you need to watch out for to save money. there are a lot of fees these days and you can get the shortened of the deal. >> okay. >> speaking of money, it's kind of expensive sometimes if you're trying to help your family eat correctly, organic foods, healthy, things like that. joy bauer will be here to help us with healthy food ideas if you're on a tight budget. also, why adding protein to breakfast is better for long-term weight loss. >> okay. also this morning we'll look at some pretty creative designs because bobbie thomas has asked our viewers for their craftiest designs in the first ever diy style search. apparently there has been an overwhelming response, so she is going to reveal what her favorite designs are and announce a big winner.
>> wasn't sure where that was going for a second. but we are happy to have that segment. let's go inside. natalie is standing by at the news desk with all the headlines. good morning to you all once again. a third woman is now accusing republican presidential candidate herman cain of inappropriate behavior. the woman says she considered filing a complaint against cain over sexually suggestive remarks and gestures when she worked with him back at the national restaurant association. cain calls the allegation baseless. similar accusations from two other women led to financial settlements in the late 1990s. police and protesters clashed again during the night in oakland, california. police in riot gear used tear gas and flash bang grenades after protesters started a large bonfire in the middle of a downtown street and threw rocks and bottles according to police. on wednesday, the occupy oakland demonstrators shut down one of the nation's busiest shipping ports. new figures today show first-time claims for
unemployment fell by 9,000 last week to the lowest level in five weeks. meantime the labor department says unemployment rates fell in about 3/4 of large u.s. cities in october and fed chairman ben bernanke is predicting the economy will improve over time. the labor department released its october unemployment numbers tomorrow. the death toll has risen to at least 29 from the recent listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes. at least 139 people in 29 states have been sickened in one of the deadliest food-borne illness outbreaks ever in the u.s. and today closing arguments begin in the involuntary manslaughter trial of michael jackson's doctor, conrad murray. if convicted he faces up to four years behind bars and the loss of his medical license. a california judge on wednesday sentenced lindsay lohan to 30 days in jail for violating her parole, but just how much time if any will she actually have to serve? nbc's george lewis is at the jail in lynwood, california.
good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. lindsay lohan won't have to spend much time in jail at all. why? because state prisons are overcrowded in california, so they've been shipping their serious felons back to the county jails meaning that misdemeanor offenders like lohan are quickly shuffled in and out of here. >> are you sober? >> reporter: conservatively atired in a polka dot dress, lohan waived her right to a court hearing on probation violations, accused of failing to show up for community service and court ordered psychological counseling. >> do you admit you violated probation by failing to obey all orders of the court with respect to both things that the city attorney represented? >> yes, your honor. >> reporter: and with that the judge pronounced sentence. >> you are to serve 30 days in the county jail now. you are to surrender within one week. >> reporter: but the sheriff's office tells nbc news that because of overcrowding lohan will likely spend at most one
night in jail. >> the judge is going to give you whatever the judge is going to give you and the sheriff is going to release you because they don't have room for misdemeanors. >> reporter: she still will have to do community service at the county morgue closely monitored by the court each month until the end of march. the judge cautioned lohan, who has 2,615,000 twitter followers not to post items about the morgue. >> they seem to have an issue with your tweeting. i can't order you to stop tweeting. but if it's one of their rules, that you don't tweet about them, don't tweet about them. >> what is your comment, lindsay? talk to us please. >> reporter: one thing lohan has been tweeting about is her dental makeover. she's had her teeth whitened. here's the before and after. it could be because she's doing a big photo shoot for "playboy" magazine. >> we can't under estimate how important the teeth whitening is. let's face it. the only thing she's going to wear in that picture are her
smiles. >> reporter: court observers say lindsay lohan appeared contrite in court, perhaps heeding her attorney's advice not to further anger the judge, who doesn't seem to be overwhelmed by that winning smile. natalie? >> i'll say. george lewis in lynwood, california, thank you, george. now to a poignant song making the rounds on the internet. the professional arts network made a music video to the white stripes we're going to be friends to highlight what is like to be deaf in america and in school. ♪ when silly thoughts come through my head about the bugs and alphabet when i wake tomorrow i'll bet that you and i we'll walk together again ♪ >> even though some people cannot hear the song the message as you see there comes through loud and clear. it's absolutely adorable. i encourage you to go watch it. it is now six minutes past the hour. let's go back outside to matt and ann. it's on youtube. >> very touching. >> thank you very much. mr. roker just across from us here with a check of the weather. >> we should throw that link
onto our website. got some friends here. what are your names? >> we're the garret family. >> you're out of power in connecticut? >> out of power in connecticut. >>adventure? >> yes. >> hopefully you get it on this weekend. >> we're hoping. >> there you go. let's check your weather and see. we've got aekend. let's check your weather. we have another storm system coming out of denver, and this into the midwest and it's causing showers and thunderstorms, and we're looking at another system coming into the pacific northwest that will bring rain and mountain snow, and we have rain also making its way through the ohio river valley, and showers in northern new england, and we're looking at windy conditions through the gulf coast on the southeast and windy down through central and southern florida. and we have visitors from pauly's pancake parlor. wow, yum. that's what's going on around the country, and here's what's going on in your neck of the
woods.. >> we have sunshine, and the sky watcher camera looking off to the west northwest and we have gorgeous autumn color now. temperatures are climbing into the 40s throughout much of the region, and later today it will continue to climb into the low and mid-60s. and then we might have a shower and during the afternoon the sun returns with a gusty wind, and chilly, dry and that's your latest weather. tamron? >> al, thanks so much. this morning on "today's money" credit versus debit cards. just this week bank of america backed down from a controversial monthly debit card fee but banks are still looking for ways to bring in more money. one way is by offering credit cards. msnbc financial analyst vera gibbons is here to give me some advice on what to look out for. good to see you. it's kind of like we fought the law and the law won but in this case consumers won against the banks in that the banks backed down from this. however, we wonder if there are other ways for them to charge us. >> that's it.
banks stand to lose over $6.5 billion because of these new regulations that limit what they can charge merchants every time a consumer uses their debit card to make a purchase. right? so got to make up for the lost revenue somehow. they had originally planned on making up some of it with the debit card charge. that didn't go over so well. we're not having that now. so you're going to see sort of sneakier ways, more subtle ways, and the consumer will ultimately pay the price somehow some way over time. >> what is the likely route they will go? i know you say sneaky and subtle but what should we specifically look out for? >> they could do any number of things. they could raise minimum balance requirements, raise interest rates on credit cards, bundle services and sell them. one trend we're really seeing is a push toward the credit cards. trying to make more people sign up for credit cards. right? so credit card offers have risen nearly 100% since 2009. >> that would be the next strategy you think, try to get a consumer to switch over from debit card to credit card, which would mean i guess more interest
that the bank can charge? >> they can make money any number of ways because they can make them at the point of purchase, the swipe fees as far as credit goes. that hasn't been tampered with as it has with debit. and they can make money also just by the fact that so many consumers do carry a balance, the average household has about $15,000 in credit card debt right now. we're paying interest on that. that is incremental income for the banks which is why you're seeing 59% of households getting at least one offer a month from the credit card companies trying to get them to sign up. >> so if 59% are getting one offer, are people signing up? are credit cards more popular these days than debit cards? >> they used to be. in 2008 debit card usage really ticked up because people were trying to conserve their cash. they didn't want to go over. they were really trying to work on the budget. so now we see about 188 million debit card users versus 183 million credit card users. >> that's close though. >> the banks would like to sort of turn that around. what they're doing is offering these enticing offers and scaling back on the debit card
rewards or eliminating programs all together and offering better cash back programs, mileage rewards for signing up and even bonus points for signing up for a credit card. this is the trend we've been seeing for sometime definitely over the course of a year. >> those are the things they're using to hook the consumer in to at least make the credit cards more enticing during the financial times. >> to try to get them to sign on. not everybody should have course. the best offers are going to be reserved for those with the best credit in the 747, 50 range. people like the perks and protections credit cards offer. it is the easiest way to build and establish credit. certain people might want to consider a credit card offer and other people forget it. >> we were looking at some of the advantages of having a credit card but what are the obvious disadvantages? >> interest rates. right? >> yes. >> this is high. >> are they still 20 plus percent? >> they can be. the low end might be 10%, 15%, 29%. so that's the primary disadvantage. i think also if you're not disciplined, you run into late fees.
you run into penalties, over your limit penalties. it can really snowball. you'll pay fees on all of that stuff and then in the process your credit score will take hits. these are not for everybody. >> so much of this obviously is you doing your home work. i know there are a lot of websites out these days that can help you figure out credit versus debit. >> you really have to take a look at your situation and find a card that is going to fit your lifestyle. obviously you want to find a card that is going to give you the maximum number of points based on what your primary purchases are. >> right. >> so it does take time to figure it out. you'll look at sites like low cards, card ratings, credit land. you can do a side by side comparison and find out which is the card that is best for you and your spending habits. >> if you don't want to dive into the credit card necessarily a lot of people are talking about changing your bank, moving from the so-called big bank to a credit union or community bank that might be more inclined to give you a loan if you so need. >> a kinder, gentler experience all around. if you look at a credit union they've become much more accessible lately, much less restrictive. they're out there. you can find one by going --
>> they have to compete for your money and time. >> they're offering higher rates on deposits, lower rates on loans, they don't nickel and dime you the way the big banks do. the average consumer saves about $70 a year. >> really. wow. >> just overall they offer like i said the kinder, gentler experience. people are switching to these types of institutions as well as sort of the direct banks, online banks, as you mentioned small community banks, regional banks as well. >> what about the big bank transfer day? i know a lot of folks of the occupy wall street movement are promoting this where do you think this will happen? it's supposed to be on saturday. >> something like 40,000 people like this on facebook so there's definitely a lot of hype. i don't think as many people will transfer over as we initially expected because the banks have removed that very controversial monthly debit card fee. you'll still see people take action and move their money elsewhere. it is just a process. people are loathe to do it. >> a lot of good information. thank you very much. up next feeding your family on a budget. joy bauer has healthy and affordable food options in her
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that's real gifts. real joy. sears. . this morning on "joy's diet sos" answers to your daily diet dilemmas. joy bauer is here with tips for saving money while eating healthy and long-term weight loss. good to see you. >> good morning, al. >> we like the matching purple. very nice. first question is from kelly in richmond, massachusetts. she is joining us live via skype. good morning, kelly. >> hi. >> what is your question? >> joy, i'm a fellow registered dietician and i'm finding that a lot of people who i counsel have great intentions but they have trouble keeping up with the high cost of healthy foods. what are some suggestions that you offer? >> kelly, i love that you asked this question because so many people are struggling with this issue. it's totally unfair. but, fortunately, there are a
lot of healthy, low cost items people can take advantage of. first, canned and dried beans and lentils are terrific high quality proteins. when it comes to produce i always encourage people to buy what is in season and look for promotional sales and think things like apples, oranges, bananas, sweet and white potatos, cabbage and squash. year round they're typically at a great cost that work within every budget. take advantage of frozen. frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as the fresh counterparts and you can freeze them for months and months and months. so there is no waste. a few must have pantry items, large containers of oatmeal versus the single packets. low sodium canned supers, whole grain pastas, whole wheat bread. when it comes to dairy there are so many terrific brands that are competing to get that sale so you can really find things that have great promotions and then compare that brand to the
generic store brand and whichever clocks in at the lowest price wins and gets a spot in your cart. so people just need to be strategic and you really can eat well afford bli. >> all right. kelly, thank you. that is a great question. you have to remember to rotate out the frozen food. my mom had this like permafrost. >> yes. if it has frost bite on it, it is not going to taste good. >> we've got norma joining us on the phone from columbus, ohio. hi, norma. what is your question? >> good morning. i've heard joy say steel cut oats are really healthy and i'd like to try them but they take so long to make. do you have any short cuts to save time? >> yes. the reason that i particularly like steel cut oats is because they have less of an impact on your blood sugar so they're really terrific for diabetics. but they take about 30 minutes to bake which is almost impossible during a hectic morning. so here is what i do. if you have a slow cooker, before you go to bed you'll add one cup of steel cut oats and four cups of water together with fresh fruit or dried fruit.
and set it on a low setting, low heat, for about eight hours. you wake up in the morning and breakfast is ready. another idea is you can make the steel cut oats in advance and you can break it up into single serving portions, freeze it, and then in the morning pop it into the microwave and in a matter of minutes your oatmeal is ready. >> there you go. >> big time saver. >> let's go to a viewer e-mail. this is danielle in los angeles writing, my friends are doing a crazy diet that involves eating only fruit before noon. they're losing weight on the diet but i know there's lots of research showing you should include protein at breakfast. what do you think? >> fruit is great. there is nothing against fruit but there is nothing magical about exclusively only eating fruit that enables you to lose weight faster. the reason her friends are losing weight is because at the end of the day they are reducing their overall calories. no matter what you eat. >> they could eat the fruit later in the day. wouldn't matter. >> right. even though this is working for them we have such great research on protein in the morning helping you to feel energized and focused and enabling you to
lose weight, long lasting weight in the long term. if you're going to eat fruit with breakfast i definitely recommend adding something protein rich like eggs, nonfat dairy. even nuts and seeds. >> all right. thanks so much. >> thanks, al. still ahead, the number one movie in theaters "puss and boots." we have two of the stars like you've never seen them before. first these messages. they're itchy, dry and uncomfortable. i can't wait to take 'em out, throw 'em away and never see them again. [ male announcer ] know the feeling? get the contacts you've got to see to believe. acuvue® oasys brand contact lenses with hydraclear® plus technology, keeping your eyes exceptionally comfortable all day long. it feels like it disappeared on my eye. [ male announcer ] discover why it's the brand eye doctors trust most for comfort. if you have astigmatism, there's an acuvue® oasys lens for that too, realigning naturally with every blink. ask your doctor for acuvue® oasys brand. consumers prefer wanchai ferry orange chicken... over p.f. chang's home menu orange chicken
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well, she asks for your creations and the responses blew us away. we have over 600 amazing submissions this morning. bobbie is going to reveal some of her favorites and we'll also crown the winner and show you how to get inspired to create some fabulous fashions at home for very cheap. >> cool. >> very nice. believe it or not it's that time of the year when it's time to start planning your holiday menu. oh, my. it's early but the early bird gets the worm. this morning we'll get some ideas. >> we're having worms? >> yeah, for lunch. this morning we'll get real ideas on new classic side dishes. a new twist to classic side dishes like creamy bacon mac and cheese. >> nothing wrong with that. >> brussel sprouts with brown butter. >> yes. >> let the church say amen. >> amen. hallelujah. >> thanksgiving is 4500 calories, right? >> yes it is. >> every won of them. >> love it. >> a touching story. he was batman's boy wonder and now this former actor is doing
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this morning on bobbie's did it yourself fashion we're revealing the winner of bobbie's diy style search. bobbie thomas asked for your craftiest fashion ideas and bobbie is here with the winning project and her favorite runner-ups. good morning, bobbie. >> i am so excited about this. >> you've been long talking about doing something like this and it turns out our viewers love to be crafty and they're good at it. first, you inspired them by showing them some professional diy projects online. >> yes. i have to give a lot of credit to the today.com team. they are amazing. we got together to do today's diy style week where we were tweeting and using social media. i put up a project on monday and
every day after that for a week we had professional bloggers that do this all the time, put really cool ideas up where you can see step by step how to make something for just dollars. >> right. and your dress being a perfect example. the dress is probably the priciest part of this but tell me how you got this foil look. >> this was a free dress that i got. >> good. >> i wasn't quite sure if i liked the cut but what i did was i came up with the idea to use one of my favorite techniques, foiling. this is just a couple dollars, literally $2 for the glue, $2 for the foil. you let the glue dry and then you literally just press one of these sheets down. >> you put the glue on the dress in whatever pattern you want. >> you let it dry so it is tacky to the touch. press the foil and then peel off and you are left with whatever design the glue left behind for you. >> it looks great. i guess just dry cleaning or whatever? >> this is washable. machine washable. it's fantastic. >> wow. even better. >> a lot of the other people who submitted ideas for the week, it was made out of a place mat.
>> that's cool. >> and some duck tape. >> so fantastic. >> this was great from i spy diy. they also had glitter and glue. did this vest. the i spy diy did the earrings and then of course this wrap watch. >> let's get to our winner. we had 600 submissions and how did you go about picking the winner? >> this was so hard. we were so excited. i literally looked through all of the submissions. >> right. >> and the winning submission was christina child. >> christina child. >> christina, if you're watching, congratulations. >> what do you win? a necklace that you made yourself. >> she actually sent us her winning necklace. what she won was a post on today.com so you can learn how to do this step by step and i am send elian gonzalez her a huge diy basket. you've seen necklaces like this in the store. >> it's designer. >> for a few dollars you can get this clay and all you have to do is roll out a piece of clay, cut
it up into squares. >> like she did. >> you bake it in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. >> little holes with the pin. >> you have it pierced. you bake it in the oven then attach it to the necklace and you have a color block necklace so on trend for so much less than you'd spend in the store. it looks like a high end designer. >> i know you had a lot of great finalists as well. >> we had great runner-ups. these were by anna brones, earrings she made out of bike inner tube. that was great because it was up cycling. we even had maria lopez submit this painted, she took nail polish to paint stones and made a ring. just literally duck tape and the glue that she painted. >> wow. >> so inexpensive. >> people are just too crafty. >> when you have expired credit cards yuka came up with this idea for a name plate necklace. cut your name out of your
expired credit card. >> looks perfect. >> and then this is the idea of using old gift cards that she paints and stamps on and attaches them to ribbon for this really beautiful gift card art. i thought that was cute. >> we've got this nice suede bag made out of what? >> this is a suede purse. and veronica came up with this idea to just literally fold on top, she used a place mat for the inside structure that you can see under here. and she cut the place mat into her form. pieced it together. you glue with some spray adhesive. the suede and the lining inside and attach this from the hardware store. >> great. >> you can make yourself a bag. >> glow in the dark shoes but most importantly the jewelled shoes. she bought labutons at a consignment store and bought about $150 worth of crystals which sounds pricey. she spent two hours every night after work for two months but
she saved $2,000 and she came up with a pair of shoes that look perfect. >> priceless. >> they're amazing. i was so impressed. >> quickly some other good projects you can do at home. >> such a smart idea. kara said just use spray paint, chalk board paint to create these wine glasses that you can personalize and a picture we have, i would love to show this night stand. >> we have a graphic of a picture of a night stand? >> yes. this was fantastic by jessica hill. she took dollar store thumb tacks and redid her night stand to create an entirely new piece. it was amazing. >> bobbie thomas, great ideas. i hope we do this again. >> me too. >> send us more submissions. >> send us more. >> go to today.com and send it to bobbie's style. >> all of the ideas are on there. you can find the steps. >> thank you, coming up next a former hollywood star whose life has gone to the dogs in a gd way. and then delicious dishes for your holiday table in today's kitchen. first these messages. [ male announcer ] all over the world, there's a battery that's relied on to help bring children holiday joy,
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batman's former side kick boy ward is now a true boy wonder to dogs in need. in the '60s he was a tv superstar known for his role as batman's right hand boy wonder robin. >> holy ashtray. >> reporter: always a do gooder this cool, campy character catapulted burt ward's career into a pow-zap frenzy and the rest they say is tv history. >> come on, guys. let's go. >> reporter: today, gone are the lights, cameras, but not the action. to say burt ward's life has gone to the dogs is an under statement. >> actually the way i see it is from caped crusader to canine crusader. >> there is no place like home. >> reporter: his canine crusading mission began 17 years ago when anne his wife tracy started a nonprofit animal rescue program out of their home in norco, california called
gentle giants. >> this gentle giant would you believe is still a puppy? standing at 7'3". >> 2 1/2 inches taller than shaquille o'neal. >> the giants think they're lap dogs and the lop dogs think they're giants. >> reporter: you've adopted out and saved 14,000 dogs, an astronomical number when you consider the size, the condition of these animals. where did your love of these big creatures start? >> we moved here and decided we wanted a big dog. i've been training dogs for 45 years and tracy is an expert trainer too. we rescued the dogs and found out the ones we didn't take were put to death. i asked tracy, look, why don't we take them for a while, couple weeks? we'll find somebody to take this over. >> little did you know. >> reporter: finding homes for the canines big and small is a daunting task which requires obedience from both dog and owner. >> when people come here, not only do we adopt the dog and train the dog, we train the people. we train them how to care for the dog, how to handle the dog.
>> reporter: every month approximately 50 dogs are adopted from gentle giants including some rare breeds from around the world. you have some very unusual breeds. >> we have hounds from egypt. >> saluki sechlt from egypt. >> all kinds of mastiffs, english, bull, south african mastiffs. >> brazilian mastiff. >> french mastiffs. >> we have the mexican hairless, sheep dog, central asian dogs from russia. we have very exotic dogs. >> we have american stag hounds which are a wolf hound, deer hound, greyhound. >> easy for you to say. some of these exotic dogs have gone hollywood adopted by celebrities including vanessa williams and america ferreira. those currently waiting for permanent homes have the run of the ward house which was a little unsettling for my producer, sarah. >> we have no cages here. we create a communal living environment and the dogs get
along with each other. they sleep with each other. they play with each other. they eat together. >> reporter: ward believes the comforts of home can add years to any dog's life. >> dogs need to live inside. we discovered by bringing them in the house and living in the house that added one or two years. we have almost all of our dogs living longer. the environment is so loving and affectionate and nurturing. >> reporter: how many in any given night are actually in your bed with you if you don't mind me getting so personal? >> all of them. >> whoever wants to be. it can get crowded. we're thrilled every single day that we can save a life and help dogs live longer lives. >> and this is my own gentle giant petey. he didn't come from that shelter. he came from animal care and control where we get our bow-to-wow dogs. i have to say the bigger the better. he is a gentle giant. >> he is so beautiful. and how much does this dog weigh? >> 120 pounds. al is sitting kind of far away from him but we should in all full disclosure, you guys have a very special relationship.
>> such as it were. >> a few halloweens ago. >> coming after me already. what is that? >> he wants part two. >> hey, back, back off. hey, hey, hey. i'm not wearing the suit now. back off, pal. >> oh, that tail hurts. >> al, just go with it. >> thank you. oh, no. >> tamron, too. >> i don't want you to go there. >> okay. >> thank you. >> sit down. good boy. >> thank you so much. >> that's where it all went wrong. >> i have a three-pound chihuahua. i'm not ready for this. >> i'm trying to -- >> sounds like snacks. >> heavy breathing. haven't heard that in a while from a guy. >> whoa. >> let's transition. everything is better with bacon. >> don't say that in front of petey. >> we have holiday sides in today's kitchen but first this is "today" i promise on nbc. >> down boy. down. >> i'm outta here.
good morning. on today's kitchen, step by step, mike, good to see you. >> good to see you too, al. everybody wants to try this mac and cheese. >> this is super mac and cheese. named for my little girl petra's mac and cheese. she decided bacon makes everything better. we do did with cheese, cheddar, and parmesan. super easy. milk, cheese, and roux. sauteed onions. put that right into there. >> okay. >> dip some pasta already cooked. >> okay. >> and then we have some bacon, asparagus, and also some string beans that have been sliced up. >> okay. >> they're all blanched. what is nice about this is it doesn't take up any space in the oven which is a premium when you're doing holiday cooking. >> and you've got green stuff in there so you can theoretically say this is healthy. >> exactly. theoretically you could.
theoretically. >> yes. >> all right. then we've got cheese, cheddar, parmesan. >> right. >> you cook it on the stove until it gets nice and gooey and looks just like this. >> oh, yeah. >> what i do also is i have the crunchy bread crumbs on the side because everybody wants the bread crumbs. >> yes. >> this way you put them on at the end. a little bit of green onions. >> oh, yeah. >> that's all you got to do. >> then other fantastic sides. >> this is brussel sprouts with walnuts, brown butter, sage and kumquats and a great way to get kids to eat kaul cauliflower. >> you're the man. the recipe is on today.com. a lot more coming up. your local news and weather and you're watching "today."
we have breaking news at 9:57. a woman has died from injuries sustained from a house fire in montgomery fire. flames were sparked at a house overnight. another person in the house was taken to the hospital along with two firefighters. they are expected to be okay. investigators say the fire appears to have started in the basement but don't know how. let's take a look at the forecast. here is tom. >> good morning. we have had cloud cover coming through from time to time and it will be with us until perhaps
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rnbc captions paid for by nbc-universal television hey, everybody. welcome to thirsty thursday. it's november 3rd. so glad you're here with us. going to enjoy your hour with us this morning. >> big day for many reasons. it's the first day of my mom's retirement. happy semi retirement. >> good for her. i don't think it's going to work out, not knowing your mom the way we do. ♪ for she's a jolly good fellow ♪ >> thank you! we have news to report about -- >> i'm tired of reporting this. you do the honor of it.
>> lindsay lohan, as you know, is going to jail. they say she violated her probation. she is going for 30 days. we heard conflicting reports. tmz says that the judge actually told her she could report a little later so she could finish her "playboy" shoot. >> apparently they didn't turn out good enough so they are redoing it. >> it's a 30-day sentence, but some people say she'll serve one day because of overcrowding. >> here is my suggestion. take somebody that's been there a long time in jail, take them out and put her back in. take somebody out and let them out instead who's done some time and leave her in there to do some time so she finally has enough time to sit there alone without anything in her body, you know? and contemplate what life has become for her.
and choose really what she wants to do. i think this judge is making a mockery out of the judicial system. who is going to have any respect for it? >> it looks like no matter what you do, it doesn't matter. >> go shoot your spread, so to speak. enough. enough. >> i think people are disgusted. people are disgusted. i agree 100%. >> somebody, one person in her life has got to love her enough to take her away and do an intervention on her and not let her do anything until she is better. >> i agree. we had kris jenner on yesterday and she talked about her daughter. today kim is talking from australia. what is interesting about this interview, she was with her sister khloe. they were in australia to promote a handbag line.
what is troubling people is there is always an innate conflict. kim's mom came on to talk about her book but we talked about kim. it just seems to people unseemly to be promoting something while you're going through something chgt. >> we've been friends for a long, long time. i knew this family long before there was any reality show. your friends are your friends. for me, they're your friends forever. you go through a lot of things with one another. i certainly have not appreciated -- agreed with a lot of things they've done, but i still love my friends. i have to ask the tough questions. i think the toughest one is people, there wouldn't be the backlash if somebody had sensed they tried or they're trying or they are going to see a counselor, but it's over? i had marital problems. most people had marital problems.
they shouldn't be surprised by this, except they haven't even tried. i think that's the hardest. >> you know what's funny about this show? not only does it have young people watching -- >> you know what surprised me, my mom likes this show. mom, you of all people because their antics at times, i can't watch it. my mother says, she says you know what? i know some of the things they do, i don't particularly appreciate. but at the end of the day, they're a family and they love one another and i love to see a family together. i think that's a lot of the appeal. >> they're good sisters. that is one thing they have to give them. they are there for each other. they are always there. there is an event, they're support i supporting. if there is anything, they're like the mafia, they're in group. >> frank tried to call yesterday and got bruce on the phone. people wonder how bruce handles
things. i'll tell you how he handles things, very well. he says as long as i can hit the ball straight on the golf course, i don't care. he's solid and he's there for everybody in that family. i don't know. this unfortunately, these all look just like they did two months ago. that's the trouble. it's too soon to give up on a marriage. i hope she rethinks. i hope she says, i didn't even try. let's take time off and work on our marriage. >> all right. let's talk about the cleanest and dirtiest cities in the country. >> oh, lord. >> if you wonder where your city falls, they calculate how much money we spend on cleaning stuff. apparently there is something that not a dish washing liquid, but something you use to clean your dishwasher. >> the actual unit. >> it's those products people buy that determines who is the cleanest.
>> i didn't know there was a product like that. i guess i'm not on the list. >> springfield, illinois. number four is casper, wyoming. three is missoula, montana. three is opelika, alabama. >> and according to this survey knoxville is the cleanest. the dirtiest is a place called pocatello, indiana. >> it says idaho. >> they just changed it. >> it's pocatello. >> do you say coupon or do you
say cue-pon? >> i never heard anybody say cue-pon. it's not just my eyesight but my hearing? i thought it was just my thighs. >> most people pronounce it cue-pon. >> coupon. >> coupon. >> that's what you said. >> no. oh, yeah. i am now officially, mark it on your calendar, we all thought it was coming, today's the day. i don't want to be here today. i have not liked this week. i have not liked all the subjects we had to talk about. i have not liked the idea of justin bieber might be a father. i do not like that. these things bother me. you know what bothers me, the difference between harassment and harassment. what's it going to be people? >> i think it's harassment. how do people say it?
>> in the wake of the herman cain scandal, what is sexual harassment? would you know it if you saw it. >> matt says harassment. you love matt. >> is that what matt just said? i don't trust myself. >> yes, he did. he said harassment. >> i don't know. >> harassment. harassment. >> british is harassment. >> how would billy ray thornton say the word? i wonder. you think about it. >> how would amy say it? >> if you don't like the marathon, stay out of new york city. i remember once coming out of the hamptons and literally to get around one block took an hour and 45 minutes. plan for that. >> it takes time. these people doing it are unbelievable. these are top songs to run to.
"lose yourself" by eminem. you know what it is? it's the beat. how about this one? "force the man." >> i don't know any of these songs. >> this isn't my kind of music. christine aguilera "the fighter." "until i collapse" by eminem. >> or maddie dog. and we get your play list today. >> here is the run you should run to. kelly clarkson accused my phone choices of being ghetto. i beg to differ. just listen to this one. go. ♪ >> that's sexual harassment.
♪ i want to get which ya and take your picture ♪ >> why did i spend ten years writing a musical that actually rhymes? thank you. thank you. >> here it comes. ♪ flowing like a turbo bat on the magazines ♪ >> is this over yet? >> is it okay or not okay to wear pants? this is why we are having trouble. >> kathie lee is not going over the edge. >> i am over the edge. i really am. thank god we have people today that are talented. we get to talk today to people that are talented. i'm looking forward to that. >> you say, i don't know. >> i'm afraid. i don't trust myself. >> those are cute. just wear, you know, little shorts or something. >> here is what i say.
>> here is what hoda said, no. >> no, no, no. >> they don't show us the pictures when they ask us the questions. they asked us the question when i'm in the car usually on the way home and they ask the question. i don't know what pictures they are going to show. >> then they put those and you say, wow, i didn't mean that. >> maybe we should ask what pictures they are showing. we'll have better answers. >> we are going to orlando next week. >> broadcasting from the wizardry world of harry potter. >> we'll do our show live at 10:00. >> our contest winner is lori robertson from alabama or is it idaho. she'll be there with her two children. i can't believe her husband has to work and can't come. >> they'll meet some of the harry potter folks. >> if you want to come and be part of our show you can get
ambushed or airbrushed. dylan lewis will be at the orlando city walk november 10th, the day before. come at 9:00. we'll see you out there. >> i want to say hello to my friend catherine, karen's daughter. she is not feeling well. she is in the hospital. >> i'm sorry. and it is kendall jenner, my god daughter's birthday. >> jack and jill come down the hill. >> i love this movie, "puss and boots." >> billy bob. >> i said billy ray! . you've always loved the taste of classic campbell's soups. well, guess what? we're just getting warmed up. introducing campbell's slow kettle style soups. extraordinary taste sensations, crafted from delicious combinations of premium ingredients. you'll savor every last spoonful. even if you don't use a spoon. new slow kettle soups from campbell's it's amazing what soup can do.
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call or click today. >> you have a chance to go back in time and check out the course of events that led the cat and his croneys to meet shrek and friends. he encounters jack and jill along the way. >> as you would know them, billy bob thornton and amy sederis. >> they are kitchen magnificati magnification. >> why would you need them in the shower? >> to read the shampoo or wine bottle in your shower. >> hoda wasn't able to go the other day. i went to a screening of the
movie. they set up screenings for us. it was a big one, beautiful one. the only one in there. i got my nice 3-d glasses on. at the end, i'm sobbing like a baby. i felt like an idiot. >> why, because she couldn't make it? >> i'm telling you, it has a beautiful message. it has an amazing message. i had no idea you guys voiced them. >> tell us about jack and jill. they are not your typical jack and jill. >> no. the original story they were brother and sister, now we are husband and wife. we are the size of a refrigerator. >> and you want a child, don't you, jack? jill doesn't want to destroy her figure. her girlish figure. >> i guess so. we played full-figured people, both of us. the tough part of it was trying to find a voice that sounded
fatter than me. >> they wanted you to bring back the sling blade character, but that's sort of sacred to you. >> yeah. i didn't want to do that so i did a milder version. >> how did you get in the character? >> i put on 80 pounds for the part. and just talked like my little brother. >> you never met before you started promoting. are you getting along? >> yeah. >> i understand they tell us, i'm afraid to say your name. >> billy bob. >> billy ray. >> your daughter didn't want to come to see the movie. she doesn't like animated things? >> she is too smart for that? >> she is 7. she doesn't watch cartoons. she makes me turn "family guy" off when i try to watch it. >> she is very cerebral.
>> yeah. she wants to be a paeleontologist. >> wow. your older son went as your date? >> he went. normally it's like the actor who drags the kids off after the red carpet. come on, kids, we are not going to stay for the movie. it was the other way around. i was asking them to stay. nah, we've got stuff to do. we just did the red carpet. they'll see it at another time. >> amy, this movie obviously kathie lee cried so it's not just for kids. >> i cry a lot this week. sorry. i was moved by it. when you read the script you don't say yes or do you say yes? >> we didn't really read a script, exactly. i saw my stuff a bit at a time. with an animated film, they are sort of making it for a long period of time and a little bit at a time.
they show you a picture of your character and you see the dialogue. they tell you the story. >> you were cinderella in one of them, one of the earlier "shrek's" is it fun going to the audio boo? >> i like doing voiceovers. it's fun. in the older days they would do animated voices which i love. you know, character voices. now they want you to sound like yourself. i like doing this because we got to use an accent. >> what do you sound like? >> you didn't see it. i don't want to spoil it for you. >> you won't. do it. >> i don't even know. >> tell her no. >> no! you didn't show up for her. what was it a private screening? >> yes. i said that. >> i didn't come here to be yelled at. i could be home in bed. trust me. i'm here because of him, because of billy ray. >> billy ray.
>> billy ray cyrus thornton. >> it's a charming movie. thanks for putting p with me today. i'm sorry. >> sara gives us a double dose. thank god we have "everyone has a story" coming up. >> yes, we do. hey! you kids almost ready? i've got breakfast waiting for you. whoo! uh-oh. what? mom's doing her exercise video again. when mom's on a health kick, all of us are.
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>> this week she promises to get you howling with not just one but two videos featuring man's best friend. >> this will pick you up. first up is sid, a 6-year-old jack russell terrier who likes to play fetch by himself. check it out. >> how cute is that? >> are you kidding me? >> that is so cute. >> he does it again. >> that is the cutest. that almost makes up for today. >> they posted that on october 12th and it has over 1.5 million views. clearly, other people like it, as well. up next this video is too cute. check out baby guinevere and
their dog buford checking out the cheerios. >> look how gentle he is. >> that is precious. >> that is adorable. look how patient he is. >> i can't believe he's not going for the whole bowl. >> and it's right there. >> how darling. >> that's the way. >> she just turned 1 year old yesterday. >> happy birthday. >> she takes the same hand and puts it in her mouth to eat it. >> still to come, former kiss rocker talks about how lucky he
thursday with more of "today" and a big kiss star. for nearly 40 years ace frehley and friends had fans rocking all night long. >> now he opens up about his highs -- no pun intended -- and the lows in his new book called "no regrets." >> part of it is you're sitting in that chair alive. >> how much of a miracle do you feel like? >> every day both feet on the ground is good. >> i'm feeling that way today, too. >> i'm not dirt napping. >> you could have been. >> car accidents, drug overdoses, the whole nine yards. >> then there were the women. >> yeah, well.
>> the nickname ace -- >> i went easy on that in the book. >> did you? >> since the early days you had a way with the girls. that's why you got the nickname ace, didn't you? >> yeah, kind of. i don't like to toot my own horn like gene does. >> oh, starting already. that's what's been getting all the headlines. you come down hard on him. you said nothing you haven't said before. >> i don't think anything i said surprised anybody. >> what is it about -- why did you have the beef? what is the problem? >> we never really had a beef. people think there is this love/hate thing going on with me and gene. i had lunch five weeks ago at the beverly hills hotel. we had a great afternoon. >> you write about something that made you very angry. he is editing a movie your daughter had taken part in, next thing you know her part is edited out. you thought he had done that purposefully, why? >> he was deeply involved with
the editing process on a daily basis. >> did you ask him about it? >> no, you know, i didn't. but he came up at the last minute was the tongue effect. >> he's good at that. >> i think that replaced her scene. >> he said we love ace, we wish him the best. sobriety isn't easy. he needs to surround himself with people who love and care about him. >> did you read what he said in page six the other day in "the post?" >> not that nice? tell us. >> he's an alcoholic and drug addict and has been one for 35 years. >> you kicked it. >> it's an incorrect statement. i've actually been an alcoholic for 40 years. >> but you have been sober how long? >> five years. september 15th is my sober day. i released my last cd on 2009,
september 15th. it's good. >> you started out with humble beginnings. you were a church-going family. you were a very close family. >> my dad taught sunday school. >> yeah, what happened? >> i startsed hanging out with the wrong crowd. i got tired of getting beat up. i started having a few drinks with the guys. >> at the age of 11 you started. >> one thing led to another. you get on this merry-go-round. the only thing that saved me was music. most of the friends i hung out with when i was 13 or 14 are in dead or in jail or missing in action. >> what do you think would have happened had kiss not become such a huge phenomenon? >> i believe i always had the talent and fortitude to be a rock star. if it wasn't kiss it would have been another band. >> okay. >> i was an integral part of the beginning of kiss. >> you write about leaving it.
you were talked back into it because there was a lot of money at stake. >> i got into the music business because i was having a great time and i was having -- getting paid for it. when it wasn't fun any more, i had to leave. >> there is a lot of anecdotes in that book. ace, thank you for coming to see us. >> thank you so much, guys. >> everyone does have a story. we have a different one for you next. we'll get to hear this man's, john lawson's story. you can also do pretty much anything. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] what if we could keep enough plastic waste to cover all of manhattan out of landfills each year? the equivalent of 140 million trash bags, gone. by using new glad trash bags, designed with reinforcing bands to be stronger with less plastic waste, we can.
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>> february 4, 1987, i was working a real job as my dad called it hanging above-ground water storage tanks. an electric line with 7,600 volts arced over to the scaffolding and burned both my hands and 28% of my body. i spent the next four months in the north carolina burn center. having started playing the piano at age 3, at age 30 i was leaving with both hands amputated and hooks in their place. a couple of years later a friend called and said they were doing a musical production saying they amputated my hands, not my voice. there in the pit i met the love of my life. we dated two years, fell in love, got married. two years later had a baby together. when the baby was 2, my 34-year-old wife was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. she fought a long and arduous battle but lost the war in 2001 when the baby was 10. these past ten years have probably been the best as i've been mom and dad to a motherless daughter who at age 20 is a senior at miami state university.
i've become the first double-hand amputee to be trained and certified as a private pilot in the u.s. and the only one to be trained as a suba instructor in the world. i started my career back to acting and now as a perform were disabilities had a few roles in tv shows and films. early someone gave me a mug that said, "life is not a dress rehearsal." those six words carry a powerful meaning. we only get to do this once. no matter what or where our stage, this is our one and only performians. >> skrjohn is here with his beautiful daughter whitney. to be with you two is like a comedy act. >> when kath talked about the t-shirt you wore that said, "i'm not really good at pattycake." >> "i suck at pattycake." i feel humor makes everything a good even playing field no matter what your politics or religion. i used humor a lot. i use it a lot in stand-up, also.
>> and in your acting. you just shot a tv thing where you play -- >> i play a dmv examiner on mtv show "awkward." she went to go get her driver's license and i stick my hooks all around in front of her face. she freaks out and does than get her driver's license. >> they do have a lot of prosthetics now. why do you choose to keep the hooks? >> these were invented in the 1940s after world war ii. it's basically the keep it simple, stupid. it's the easiest, the most light weight. i scuba dive. a lot of electronics aren't waterproof. they work good under water. >> some write read said your mom and friends had much, much more difficult time with all of this than you did. >> it is. i go back to the burn center in chapel hill. i visit a lot of hospitals in cincinnati and work with new amputees. i end up talking more to the families than i do to the
amputee themselves. they have a harder time. it's hard, even today if people see me coming they want to hold a door open for me. >> maybe they are not sure what you are capable. >> that is a lot of it. >> they don't know you like we do. >> a lot of that is true. been a single parent the last ten years. that's been a big part. i changed diapers. >> whitney, you've only known your dad this way. has it been difficult to deal with friends and people and just young girl things? >> i think it was really easy because we were open in the family about it. he was always in the school with my classes, working with my teachers, working with the students. it was never really awkward to have him there. they loved it. he was my girl scout leader. >> of course he was. >> we went camping. we did everything. as for the girl stuff, we knew she was passing and prepared both of us for what was going to
come after she passed away. we go bra shopping, make a couple of trips to victoria's secret and have fun together. >> you guys have a great, great relationship. that is terrific. >> are you tough on the guys she brings home? >> yes. >> no boy gets a name. it's always "the boy." that's it. >> we have a boy who is quite the man now. >> oh, is he. >> ed watson, very, very special. he just spent two months in "saving aimee" with us in seattle. he plays husband number one and husband number three. he is wearing way too many clothes for me today. he's going to sing a very, very special song david and i wrote for you, john. we'll be right back with that. ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] everybody loves that cushiony feeling. uh oh. i gotta go. [ female announcer ] and with charmin ultra soft, you can get that same cushiony feeling you love
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his beautiful daughter whitney. now it's time to hear the song david and i wrote just for you. please welcome broadway performer, one of my favorite leading men in the world, ed watts. it's called "when lightning strikes." ♪ ♪ everyone has a story ♪ but mine might be hard to believe ♪ ♪ i learned so much in the course of one night ♪ ♪ how i am ♪ where i am ♪ might be hard to conceive ♪ i started out like any man ♪ i had a purpose ♪ had a plan ♪ but one daylight inning struck and then i had to start my life again ♪ ♪ start my life again ♪
♪ lmet the true love of my life ♪ she agreed to be my wife ♪ lightning struck again ♪ and i found myself alone again ♪ alone and scared again ♪ when lightning strikes your life ♪ and burn streaks to the ground ♪ and all you feel is pain ♪ with no hope to be found ♪ that's when you have a choice ♪ ♪ to turn and run away ♪ start your life again ♪ and live another today ♪ my hands were gone ♪ my wife was too ♪ but i still had so much to do ♪ ♪ i had a child ♪ i had a voice ♪ i had a pulse ♪ i had a choice ♪ we always have a choice ♪ so i chose to love and live ♪ and give all that i had to give ♪ to do whatever i could do ♪ in helping others to get through ♪
♪ what they had to get through ♪ when lightning strikes your life ♪ ♪ you've got to realize ♪ that storms can make you strong ♪ ♪ and pain can make you wise ♪ and lessons you learn through strive ♪ are lessons you can teach ♪ cause lightning struck your life ♪ ♪ and though sometimes i still get burned ♪ ♪ and things don't always go my way ♪ ♪ i won't complain cause i have learned ♪ to cherish every day ♪ so if lightning strikes your life ♪ and you feel you've been burned ♪ ♪ i hope you will take heart ♪ and learn what i have learned ♪ ♪ to live with all my gifts ♪ and do what you can do
that is the master. >> we have to correct something real fast. for ed. o-h -- >> i-o. >> they went to different colleges. >> whitney, what did you think of the song? >> it was gorgeous. i couldn't have picked a more descriptive, more beautiful flowing piece, the encouragement i feel from my father and the role model he is for me and the success we have together. >> i want video some day of you walking your baby girl down the aisle. >> yeah. >> that might never happen. >> the boy. >> yeah, the boy. some day there might be a fsnl, that's future son in law. >> how about ed? >> ed would be a perfect fit in that group. >> believe me, everybody is fighting over ed.
>> we like to give a little something away. this is our favorite part. our friends at american airlines heard you're sometimes unable to make auditions. they have round-trip tickets to l.a. to help you get where you get. >> that would be great. thank you. >> you were great. you killed it. >> he's going back into "the fantastics." >> longest-running musical in new york city. >> beautiful. ♪ try to remember >> that's from that? >> he goes back on monday. >> i go back monday november 7th. it's also pop star aaron carter is joining our cast. >> david's got his book out that is tearing it up. >> "thought exchange." i just got back from san francisco. >> david is tearing up